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Jermaine Every: What is your go-to food for a big sporting event?

Pizza is a go-to for many of Houston's sports talk hosts. CultureMap Houston

“Big time game? Big time food.”

The Final Four is upon us! The Houston Astros are set to defend their World Series title! The Houston Rockets have all but secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs! It’s a great time to be a sports fan. Cinderellas, underdogs, titans of sport, up and comers alike are all vying for your attention on some of sports’ grandest stages.

As you settle in to watch a big game, what do you have in front of you to eat? This is something that can be a full-blown discussion/argument, or as easy as picking up/cooking your go-to meal. I was hanging around the palatial Gow Media offices waiting to record The Sideline podcast (Craig Koshkin and I record it weekly), and as my randomness goes, that question popped into my head.

As I started discussing it with some of the people around the office and studios, I figured the public would like to know what some of their favorite personalities like to eat when they settled into their favorite spots to watch their teams play or any big game. Here’s what I found out (presented in order of who was around and who was asked/responded first so don’t get butt-hurt or jump to conclusions):

Personality

Food

Tyler Scott

Wings, nachos, or barbeque

Jong Lee

Pizza

Fred Faour

Before latest doctor visits: pizza and wings

After latest doctor visits: celery and hummus

A.J. Hoffman

Wings

Craig Koshkin

Wings or barbeque

Lance Zierlein

Shawarma because it’s close

Brandon Strange

Pizza

Jose Partida

Pizza

Raheel Ramzanali

Chicken pesto pizza from New York Pizzeria

Del Olaleye

His team plays: nothing, too nervous

Any other team plays: wings

John Granato

Wings and fries

Joel Blank

Pizza, or fajitas, or queso and chips, etc

Barry Laminack

Nachos

Nick Sharara

Wings, but fajitas are a close second

Jermaine Every (me)

Tacos, wings, pizza, chips and dip

Couple things you may deduce from looking at this chart: 1) most of us can’t pick just one thing; 2) pizza and wings dominated the list; and 3) some of us have a specific reason why or why not. Other takeaways I noticed were: Raheel is a man of very specific taste; Lance went the convenient route; Del’s choice is based on mood; Fred has medical reasons; and I literally try to eat all of those things at once because I’m a fat ass until my wife gives me “the look” (married couples know what I’m talking about).

This was a fun article to write. I hope to do a follow-up soon and get the opinions of some of the folks behind the scenes, and maybe even some of you guys. So if you’re reading this and have a go-to food/s, hit me on Twitter, Instagram, or FaceBook and give me your suggestions. You never know. You may end up in a future article!

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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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